Judy Hurdelbrink

May 31, 1946- Feb. 3, 2018

Judith Ann Hurdelbrink

died peacefully in her

sleep on February 3, 2018.

A funeral service will

be held: at 2 pm on

Thursday, February 8,

2018 at First Lutheran

Church, Mandan, with

Rev. Christina Martin offi-

ciating. Burial will be in

the spring in Sherwood,


Visitation: will be held

from 5 to 7 pm on

Wednesday, February 7 at

Buehler-Larson Funeral

Home, Mandan, with a

Prayer service: at 7 pm.

Visitation will continue

one hour prior to the ser-

vice at the church on


Judy was born May 31,

1946 in Minot, North

Dakota to Bryce and

Ruthie Henderson. She

grew up in Sherwood, the

third of five children.

Judy graduated from Sher-

wood High School in

1964, where she was salu-

torian of her class. She

earned a Bachelor of Edu-

cation at Minot State

University in 1968. Judy

married Richard George

Hurdelbrink, also of Sher-

wood, on November 4,

1967. They had three chil-

dren, Tim, Terri and Jessi-

ca, and made their home

in Mandan.

Judy taught elementary

school for decades within

the Mandan School Dis-

trict, primarily at Custer

Elementary. Judy cared

for each and every one of

her students deeply and

wrote in a letter, “it is the

responsibility of the

teacher to bring out the

best and highest level pos-

sible for each child.” Lov-

ingly known as “Mrs. H.,”

she received the Golden

Apple award in 1996, and

left a lasting impression

on hundreds of students

and parents, before she re-

tired in May 2008. Stu-

dents and their parents

would frequently send

notes or stop by to see

their favorite teacher for

advice and her warm

smile. She was also loved

among her coworkers and

continued close friend-

ships with many educa-

tors in the area.

There is so much more

to Judy than words can

describe. She was the glue

that held her family to-

gether, and would do any-

thing for her loved ones.

She loved to read (espe-

cially Harry Potter) and

played a mean game of pi-

nochle (but she would al-

ways let you keep your

nickels when she won).

Judy was an active

member of First Lutheran

Church, in Mandan. She

enjoyed a special girls trip

every year with her child-

hood friends, as well as

attending monthly games

and book groups. She

spent much of her time

traveling to see or hosting

her loved ones. All of her

grandchildren have ex-

perienced many of their

favorite times at

“Gramma’s House,” where

freshly baked treats were

always available and the

candy drawer was always


Judy had a kind smile, a

huge heart and a warm,

welcoming demeanor that

captivated anyone lucky

enough to share her com-

pany. Teaching never

stopped for Judy, as she

was passionate about sup-

porting and shaping the

lives of her grandchildren.

Being a grandma was the

true joy of Judy’s life,

especially during her 10

years of retirement. Judy

will be greatly missed by

everyone who knew her.

Her focus in life was car-

ing for others and every

action was guided to help

her loved ones or bring

them joy. This was

summed up by a state-

ment Judy wrote to her

parents on their 40th wed-

ding anniversary, “If we

could have the best in the

world, we’d give it all to

you.” Judy would have

done the same for any of

her loved ones, and the

sentiment was mutual.

Judy was preceded in

death by: her husband,

Rick Hurdelbrink, and her

parents, Bryce and Ruthie


She is survived by: her

children: Tim (Theresa),

Terri (John), and Jessica

(Adam); her grandchil-

dren: Cara, Kristen, Jor-

dyn, Isla and Marshall,

with her sixth grandchild

expected in May 2018; her

sister, Jane (Rolly), and

her brothers, Bruce (Jan),

David, and John (Nanci).

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